If you’ve not seen the movie Rattle Snake then you need to start searching for it now. Rattle Snake was perhaps the first action movie in the Nigerian Movie Industry when Nollywood was still at its infancy stage. Till date, it is considered one of the best movies in Nollywood, and it gathered a lot of following at the time it was released.
The movie was released in 1995 (yes, that long ago) and it was Nollywood’s first attempt at an action flick. Though the picture quality might not be gold, it was the best at the time. The story and acting made up for all other technical glitches. Rattle Snake it is said was a film inspired by true events, this, late film icon, Amaka Igwe turned into a super movie that captivated the whole country at the time.
The story follows the life of a young boy, Ahanna who after the death of his father and no one to cater for his family, was lured into a life of crime, specializing in armed robbery. He was abandoned by his mother who later married his uncle (his father’s brother).
Ahanna was torn between keeping his promise to Ann, his girlfriend to turn a new leaf and stay away from crime, or accept his best friend’s request of one last robbery. He was eventually betrayed by his best friend and that saw him coming back from the “dead” (at a point everyone thought he was dead) to exact revenge on those that wronged him.
Rattle Snake was an emotional rollercoaster, a suspense-filled thriller and action-packed film all wrapped in one gift bag. It was a huge success at the time, every movie lover accepted the film, probably because of its relatability and superb acting by the cast as well, not to mention the amazing directing by late Amaka Igwe.
Some of the cast includes- Francis Duru, Nkem Owoh, Ernest Obi, Anne Njemanze, Bob Manuel, Ejike Methuselah, Ebele Uzochukwu, Uche Odoputa, Okey Igwe, Julius Agwu, Tony One Week and a host of other. Many of the cast went on to become great Nollywood celebrities and are still active in the industry to date.
There’s exciting news for all the 90s kids who saw this amazing film, a sequel is in the works. Yes, it’s coming out soon. Stay glued to this space, more gist on that will be revealed very soon. Meanwhile, let’s go back in time, what’s your favourite scene in the movie?